Episode 114: Rachel Conn On Re-Watering, Re-Ottering, and Rewilding Watersheds In New Mexico
About Rachel Conn
As Deputy Director of Amigos Bravos, Rachel advocates for strong and environmentally just local, state, and federal water policy. She provides hands-on support to New Mexico communities and groups working to protect their watersheds. She is a leader in the ongoing campaigns to hold Los Alamos National Lab accountable for pollution, designate more of New Mexico’s waters as Outstanding National Resource Waters, protect New Mexico’s ground and surface water from degradation caused by mining, and advocate for strong water quality standards throughout New Mexico.
- Re-watering headwaters in northern New Mexico and statewide
- The Amigos Bravos “wetland jewels” program
- Differences between New Mexico’s “bouncing” wetlands and wetlands with standing water and cattails
- River Otter reintroductions in the upper Rio Grande Watershed and possibilities in the Gila watershed
- Restoration work with partners like Biohabitats
- Visit & Support Amigos Bravos!
- Read: Reintroduction of River Otters to New Mexico
- Subscribe to Biohabitats “Leaf Litter” newsletter to meet more wild advocates like Rachel!
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.